Opening the Doors Wide for Ambitious Initiatives

The new Wilkinson Building, open for classes in Spring 2021, dramatically expands education and research space for engineering and the sciences at Duke. With ample space for all students to participate in hands-on, team-based projects, the facility supports Duke’s vision for inspiring students to become creative problem-solvers through an innovative new curriculum focused on design, data science, computational thinking, research and entrepreneurship.

"The Wilkinson Building promotes active student learning. The design labs are open and flexible, allowing student teams to meet for brainstorming and then build and test their project designs. The open classrooms also will enable more active learning approaches, allowing students to discuss problems together in groups and then switch to a more traditional lecture orientation to present their results to classmates."

– George A. Truskey, Senior Associate Dean of Engineering

Creative Spaces Designed for Our Signature Educational Experience

The Wilkinson Building expands Duke's engineering student classroom, lab and program space by nearly 50 percent—and is thoughtfully designed to support next-generation approaches to engineering education. Two floors are focused on active student learning, with flexible teaching and design spaces as well as the 200-seat Auditorium. Specialized centers are focused on Innovation and on Entrepreneurship. And a 2,000-square-foot Learning Commons is dedicated to nurturing teaching excellence and the student experience. 

Signature Research Neighborhoods

Interdisciplinary research "neighborhoods" occupy three floors of the Wilkinson Building. Designed to promote collaboration, these spaces intermingle faculty and students from different departments who work toward shared goals, including improving human health, advancing computing, machine learning and intelligent systems, and paving the way toward a more sustainable future.

Rising Higher

Watch a time-lapse video of the Wilkinson Building construction.

Building Statistics

Research Neighborhoods: Health Innovation, Computing & Intelligent Systems, and Environmental Health
Located on Duke's West Campus at the nexus of Engineering, Medicine and Arts & Sciences

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